DFA, PHILJA, UP Law Center hold forum on international dispute resolution

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A March 11, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Legal Affairs (DFA-OLA), in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines-Philippine Judicial Academy and the University of the Philippines Law Center-Institute of International Legal Studies, hosted a Forum on the Philippine Membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration and International Dispute Resolution on March 2.

The forum was conducted in view of the Philippines’ accession to the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of Disputes and its membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in September 2010. It is aimed to increase awareness about the PCA and its benefits to the country.

“Philippine membership in the PCA is a major step taken in moving the frontiers of public international law in the country, particularly in the field of inter-state dispute settlements,” DFA Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs and DFA Spokesperson J. Eduardo Malaya said.

Former Philippine Ambassador to Netherlands Cardoso M. Luna deposited the country’s Act of Accession to the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes on 17 July 2010 at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The forum featured PCA Legal Counsel Aloysius P. Llamzon, retired Supreme Associate Justice Florentino P. Feliciano and former UP College of Law Dean Merlin M. Magallona.

The speakers shared their expertise notably on the issues and prospects of the Philippines’ membership in the PCA and arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, investor-state arbitration and international adjudication under the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Stakeholders from the government, academe, legal profession, and the private sector attended the forum.

The PCA is an inter-governmental organization established to provide a range of dispute resolution services to the international community.

Despite its name, the PCA is not a court, but a mechanism for the creation of ad hoc arbitral tribunals to resolve disputes that states wish to arbitrate. It has a permanent administrative council and an international bureau that act as a secretariat for the tribunals set up.